If you love eating, putting down your weight can be challenging, no matter how much you work out. But this doesn’t mean that you have to deprive yourself of all the good stuffs life has in store.
Foods such as deserts, large bag of fried chips and french fries can all be too tempting. Constantly living on the stride to cut down weight or keep it off doesn’t mean that you always have to live without the food you adore.
The entire science about weight loss drills down to one simple fact, that you should start consuming lesser calories than you burn. To lose about a pound, you should effectively burn 3500 calories. So if you start consuming 500 calories less from today, within a week you should drop 1 pound.
That means even if you eat your favorite cup cake or ice-cream once a while and still manage to cut down calorie intake, you are good.
In fact depriving yourself of all the foods you crave for can backfire and lead to binge eating.
Here are 7 fun things you can do to jumpstart into your weight loss journey:
- Go for fruits and vegetables – include generous amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet. They are densely packed with nutrition, but are low in carbohydrate and protein. Try variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. They will keep you fuller longer and will also help you consume lesser calories without requiring you to starve.
- Enjoy your cupcake, but with care – Desserts and cupcakes are high in calories, so you should avoid them. But it’s perfectly healthy to enjoy them once a while, however be mindful about your calorie count.
- Indulge in an activity you love – If you love dancing, dance. If you love playing basketball, play hard. But if there is no activity you can think off, take a gym membership. Just 30 minutes of jog burns about 250 calories. That means if you join a regular workout regime, you will have to cut down only 250 calories from your daily diet in order to drop one pound per week.
- Ditch the carb – Carbohydrates are high in calories. Refined carbohydrates such as white flour, rice and sugar are even worse. But you don’t have to ditch all the carbs. Complex carbs such as oats, quinoa, and brown rice contain good amount of carbohydrate that will keep you full and help you lose your weight.
- Count your calories – If you don’t keep track of what goes into your mouth, you may never achieve your weight loss goals. When you know how much calories you are consuming, you can almost with certainty predict how much you will lose the coming weekend. But you don’t have to be rigid about measuring everything you eat. There are scores of foods that you can eat throughout the whole day yet you don’t have to measure a single bite such as carrot sticks, celery etc.
- Start using pedometer – Studies have found that people who use pedometer as a must have accessory, take about 2,500 more steps a day. Walking 1 mile a day helps burn roughly 100 calories. That means you are going to burn off about 10 pounds a year.
- Get high-tech – Research shows exercising with friends makes a person more accountable. However, given the kind of busy lifestyle we are living, it might not be possible for everyone to exercise with their friends. If that’s you, you can still make it happen by partneing with a company willing to help.
I have also outlined some tips that can help you get started in my upcoming e-book (Jumpstart to Health & Happiness) that I hope you will enjoy!